WAS monthly events usually are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. Free and open to the public. Please note: The Matthaei Botanical Gardens charges for parking at the rate of $1.20 an hour, enforced 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Members of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum park for free.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology (UMMZ) houses over 200,000 specimens of birds, making it one of the most important ornithological research collections in the world. Many of the specimens were collected almost two centuries ago. Today, technological developments such as genome sequencing enable scientists to use these specimens to unlock secrets of the past as well as make predictions about the future of bird populations. Dr. Winger will discuss several exciting ongoing areas of research that draw insights from the UMMZ’s bird collections. He will also discuss how data from citizen science efforts, such as your contributions to eBird, interface powerfully with historical data from specimens to help us understand migratory birds’ past, present and future.
Ben Winger is Assistant Professor and Curator of Birds in the University of Michigan’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Zoology. Ben hails from northeast Ohio, where he became enthralled with avian migration at an early age while birding along the south shore of Lake Erie. His interest in birds led to a career of scientific research, focused on topics such as the evolution of bird migration and the process of speciation (how new species form). His fieldwork has taken him throughout the Western Hemisphere, particularly the Andes of Peru and Ecuador. He has a B.A. from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Chicago.